As an organization, ISTE is committed to cultivating a community of educators whose diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences inform and enhance the practice of all educators. We are committed to fostering an environment where all educators are heard, valued, and engaged.
We’re on a journey to learn, grow, and lead in alignment with our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). This journey is an ongoing process, working with our staff, members, and partners. Join others and share your thoughts, insights and suggestions with us!
Here’s what we are doing:
- Investing in DEI training for our staff and continuing to evolve our internal practices to reflect our commitment. Our work begins at home, as we reflect deeply on our practices and processes to identify implicit bias and explore approaches to effectively engage underrepresented perspectives from across the globe.
- Engaging leaders and practitioners who have deep expertise in DEI to better inform our work as an organization and as individuals, as we continue to connect with our colleagues, members and partners to improve learning opportunities for all.
- Leveraging our platform and reach to elevate more diverse and innovative perspectives around the use of educational technology.
- Developing initiatives to provide support and leadership opportunities for historically underrepresented educators.
- Piloting an ISTE19 conference scholarship program to bring more educators from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds into our learning community.
- Hosting an Equity Action Forum at ISTE19 where experts will share how they catalyze change and participants will unpack big issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion with a focus on action.
- Creating programs to increase the representation and inclusion of historically underrepresented educators in our membership, conference attendees and presenters, and looking to engage in more projects to expand our reach to educators worldwide.
This year ISTE introduced a new scholarship program designed to support the ISTE Conference experience for educators from historically underrepresented backgrounds, educators from under-resourced schools, and educators serving diverse populations. For this pilot program we engaged with schools, districts, universities and organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond to invite their educators to apply for this opportunity.
We thank the following generous sponsors for helping us extend conference scholarships to more than 300 educators!
Check out these ISTE member resources:
This PLN inspires thoughtful discussion and actions aimed at ensuring access and opportunities for all learners, while providing consistent information and actionable resources to help school leaders make equitable decisions concerning infrastructure and digital learning.
What’s limiting new voices from breaking into the edtech world? This recorded webinar discusses the beginning of a movement to include more diverse voices in edtech, featuring a diverse panel of expert educators.
This PLN’s primary purpose is to advance knowledge concerning specialized technology products and effective practices for enhancing opportunities for children, youth and adults with disabilities and for students who are gifted.
ISTE19: Digital equity in Philly!
Learn more about digital equity at the ISTE Conference & Expo and view the sample schedule of sessions related to digital equity in education.
VIDEO: “What losing my vision taught me about access”
Inclusive Learning Network leader Luis Perez gives a TED Talk about his journey with disability, the importance of access and the role of technology for all learners.
VIDEO: “When traumatic experiences stimulate compassion conversations: Lessons from Ferguson”
Digital Equity Network leader Patricia Brown gives a TED Talk on how digital media can transform the way people interact and facilitate important compassionate discussions with students on today’s tough topics.
BOOK: Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom
The second in the Closing the Gap series, this book will help K-12 classroom teachers address the challenges of teaching in the digital age, providing positive examples and recommendations for moving toward digital equity in K-12 settings.
BOOK: Dive Into UDL
Universal Design for Learning is a framework for designing instruction that meets the needs of every learner. This book shows K-12 educators how to incorporate UDL in their instructional design and engage in continuous professional growth.